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Barbara Y.
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Math & science - I'll help you get concepts & do word problems

Barbara Y.
I have a bachelor's degree and PhD in Chemical Engineering and held a teaching license for high school chemistry and physics. I have tutored students in math and science from 4th grade through adults. I've taught high school chemistry, physics, physical science, and electricity. I've also taught college courses in engineering and math. In addition to teaching, I have worked as a chemical engineer in product and process development, in the food industry and with chemical processing.

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Microsoft Excel,
#### Microsoft Excel

I’ve worked with Excel since the earliest versions were released. I have used it for technical calculations, display of data, and home and organizational databases.

Microsoft PowerPoint,
#### Microsoft PowerPoint

I've worked with Microsoft PowerPoint since it was first introduced, through many versions. I've used it for teaching and to give professional presentation. I can help you use it to get your content across to your audience, not just add bells & whistles.

GRE,
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel,
#### Microsoft Excel

I’ve worked with Excel since the earliest versions were released. I have used it for technical calculations, display of data, and home and organizational databases.

Microsoft PowerPoint,
#### Microsoft PowerPoint

I've worked with Microsoft PowerPoint since it was first introduced, through many versions. I've used it for teaching and to give professional presentation. I can help you use it to get your content across to your audience, not just add bells & whistles.

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel,
#### Microsoft Excel

I’ve worked with Excel since the earliest versions were released. I have used it for technical calculations, display of data, and home and organizational databases.

Microsoft PowerPoint,
#### Microsoft PowerPoint

I've worked with Microsoft PowerPoint since it was first introduced, through many versions. I've used it for teaching and to give professional presentation. I can help you use it to get your content across to your audience, not just add bells & whistles.

Proofreading,
#### Proofreading

I have extensive experience proofreading student and professional work. I have graded reports at the high school and undergraduate college levels. I have also proofread works for publication and graduate work. I can help you fix errors in mechanics (spelling and punctuation) and sentence structure and work on effective organization and style.

Grammar,
Microsoft Word
MTLE,
#### MTLE

The MTLE is the set of teacher licensure exams in Minnesota. I am a MN licensed teacher. I have tutored students for the MTLE Math Basic skills test. I am also on the K12 Education Policy committee in the State House of Representatives. I authored a bill (which passed into law) to determine how to improve or revise the Basic Skills set of the MTLE. I am on the task force created by that law. I have researched the scope and testing conditions for the tests. I am interested tutoring students for the MTLE Basic Skills Math test, as well as the MTLE Content Area tests for Chemistry and Physics. I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, have completed coursework beyond what is required for those tests, and have Chemistry and Physics teaching licenses.

Reading,
#### Reading

Reading is a complex skill, and the irregularities of English bring special challenges. I have a background in courses in linguistics so I can teach students how to recognize English words that come from different languages and don’t follow simple phonics rules. I have experience teaching students through high school how to expand their vocabulary by learning word roots. I know how to help students understand the structure of complex sentences.

Grammar,
Vocabulary
ACT English,
#### ACT English

I have helped students improve their ACT scores by working on fundamentals: content, reading comprehension, data analysis, and understanding the types of questions and answers that occur. I customize instruction to fit each student's strengths and weaknesses.

Proofreading,
#### Proofreading

I have extensive experience proofreading student and professional work. I have graded reports at the high school and undergraduate college levels. I have also proofread works for publication and graduate work. I can help you fix errors in mechanics (spelling and punctuation) and sentence structure and work on effective organization and style.

Reading,
#### Reading

Reading is a complex skill, and the irregularities of English bring special challenges. I have a background in courses in linguistics so I can teach students how to recognize English words that come from different languages and don’t follow simple phonics rules. I have experience teaching students through high school how to expand their vocabulary by learning word roots. I know how to help students understand the structure of complex sentences.

Writing,
#### Writing

I have taught a university level writing intensive course. I have several published articles, and I’ve assisted with editing journal articles for publication.

ACT Reading,
Grammar,
SAT Reading,
Vocabulary
Algebra 1,
#### Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is a foundation course for all of the higher levels of mathematics as well as many science classes. I can help you get off to a strong start.
In Algebra 1 students typically start to learn some abstract concepts that are sometimes only loosely connected to real life problems. Many students need concrete or visual examples. I'm good at that! I've never met a word problem I couldn't draw a picture for. I can also help students who struggle with the complex reading level common in word problems.
When I work with a student one on one, we can discover what individual difficulties the student has with the material. Sometimes a student hasn't solidly grasped a concept that was covered earlier, so we need to back up and fix that before we can move on. This way we build a solid foundation for future work.

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

I have taught or tutored students in Pre-algebra through Calculus. I work with students to discover what their individual strengths and weaknesses are, and make sure we fix any "holes" in their background. I am also an engineer, and I enjoy a variety of hobbies like cooking and weaving, so we can always find concrete examples of concepts. I have had great success helping students understand and learn how to attack word problems and solve equations.

Calculus,
#### Calculus

Calculus was invented to tackle real problems, but too often it seems like a bunch of abstract stuff and weird procedures to memorize. I first studied Calculus at Columbia Heights High School, with a great teacher, Roger Sadlowsky. When we tackled a new concept, he made sure we knew what it was good for. I help Calculus students see the meaning of procedures, and keep it connected to real life applications.
Calculus is like an upside-down pyramid - new concepts are balanced on the scaffolding of previous concepts. I work with students to make sure they have a solid foundation, and see how new material builds on what they already know.

Chemistry,
#### Chemistry

I'm a chemical engineer, so I've applied chemistry to real world applications. I've also taught high school Chemistry. I can relate chemistry concepts to concrete examples like cooking. Because I also tutor in math, I know how to help students solve calculation problems in chemistry.
Choosing to work with a tutor in chemistry can be a very good decision. The concepts and information in chemistry build on each other's. It's good to make sure you understand the material from each unit so you can apply it to the next.

Physics,
#### Physics

Physics is a great subject for tutoring because it emphasizes problem solving. I can help you figure out how to set up and solve problems.
I have taught high school physics several times. My degrees are in chemical engineering, so I have also taken (and used) undergraduate and graduate physics courses.

Prealgebra,
#### Prealgebra

Prealgebra is sometimes when students lose ground in math. It's important to make sure that you understand the concepts, not just memorize procedures, because later math classes build on them.
When I work with a student one on one, we can discover what individual difficulties the student has with the material. Sometimes a student hasn't solidly grasped a concept that was covered earlier, so we need to back up and fix that before we can move on. This way we build a solid foundation for future work.
Many students need concrete or visual examples. I'm good at that! I've never met a word problem I couldn't draw a picture for. I can also help students who struggle with the complex reading level common in word problems.

Precalculus,
#### Precalculus

I have studied mathematics through applications of calculus and differential equations. I have experience tutoring students in Prealgebra through Calculus. I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, and I have experience with many concrete applications of math concepts.

Reading,
#### Reading

Reading is a complex skill, and the irregularities of English bring special challenges. I have a background in courses in linguistics so I can teach students how to recognize English words that come from different languages and don’t follow simple phonics rules. I have experience teaching students through high school how to expand their vocabulary by learning word roots. I know how to help students understand the structure of complex sentences.

Writing,
#### Writing

I have taught a university level writing intensive course. I have several published articles, and I’ve assisted with editing journal articles for publication.

SAT Math,
SAT Reading
ACT Math,
#### ACT Math

I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, which means I have not only studied math through calculus, differential equations, and finite methods, but I also know how to apply it to solving real problems.
I have experience tutoring math students from elementary school through university, and I have taught a university Finite Math course.

Algebra 1,
#### Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is a foundation course for all of the higher levels of mathematics as well as many science classes. I can help you get off to a strong start.
In Algebra 1 students typically start to learn some abstract concepts that are sometimes only loosely connected to real life problems. Many students need concrete or visual examples. I'm good at that! I've never met a word problem I couldn't draw a picture for. I can also help students who struggle with the complex reading level common in word problems.
When I work with a student one on one, we can discover what individual difficulties the student has with the material. Sometimes a student hasn't solidly grasped a concept that was covered earlier, so we need to back up and fix that before we can move on. This way we build a solid foundation for future work.

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

I have taught or tutored students in Pre-algebra through Calculus. I work with students to discover what their individual strengths and weaknesses are, and make sure we fix any "holes" in their background. I am also an engineer, and I enjoy a variety of hobbies like cooking and weaving, so we can always find concrete examples of concepts. I have had great success helping students understand and learn how to attack word problems and solve equations.

Calculus,
#### Calculus

Calculus was invented to tackle real problems, but too often it seems like a bunch of abstract stuff and weird procedures to memorize. I first studied Calculus at Columbia Heights High School, with a great teacher, Roger Sadlowsky. When we tackled a new concept, he made sure we knew what it was good for. I help Calculus students see the meaning of procedures, and keep it connected to real life applications.
Calculus is like an upside-down pyramid - new concepts are balanced on the scaffolding of previous concepts. I work with students to make sure they have a solid foundation, and see how new material builds on what they already know.

Chemical Engineering,
#### Chemical Engineering

I have a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have taught Polymer Science at the UW-Madison, Introduction to Chemical Engineering at the University of St. Thomas, and the Unit Operations Laboratory at the University of Minnesota.

Physics,
#### Physics

Physics is a great subject for tutoring because it emphasizes problem solving. I can help you figure out how to set up and solve problems.
I have taught high school physics several times. My degrees are in chemical engineering, so I have also taken (and used) undergraduate and graduate physics courses.

Prealgebra,
#### Prealgebra

Prealgebra is sometimes when students lose ground in math. It's important to make sure that you understand the concepts, not just memorize procedures, because later math classes build on them.
When I work with a student one on one, we can discover what individual difficulties the student has with the material. Sometimes a student hasn't solidly grasped a concept that was covered earlier, so we need to back up and fix that before we can move on. This way we build a solid foundation for future work.
Many students need concrete or visual examples. I'm good at that! I've never met a word problem I couldn't draw a picture for. I can also help students who struggle with the complex reading level common in word problems.

Precalculus,
#### Precalculus

I have studied mathematics through applications of calculus and differential equations. I have experience tutoring students in Prealgebra through Calculus. I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, and I have experience with many concrete applications of math concepts.

Trigonometry,
#### Trigonometry

I'm an engineer and I've taught physics, so I know how to apply trigonometry concepts to real world problems. In my college coursework I used trigonometry in calculus, physics, and engineering mechanics, including several graduate level courses.

SAT Math
Algebra 1,
#### Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is a foundation course for all of the higher levels of mathematics as well as many science classes. I can help you get off to a strong start.
In Algebra 1 students typically start to learn some abstract concepts that are sometimes only loosely connected to real life problems. Many students need concrete or visual examples. I'm good at that! I've never met a word problem I couldn't draw a picture for. I can also help students who struggle with the complex reading level common in word problems.
When I work with a student one on one, we can discover what individual difficulties the student has with the material. Sometimes a student hasn't solidly grasped a concept that was covered earlier, so we need to back up and fix that before we can move on. This way we build a solid foundation for future work.

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

I have taught or tutored students in Pre-algebra through Calculus. I work with students to discover what their individual strengths and weaknesses are, and make sure we fix any "holes" in their background. I am also an engineer, and I enjoy a variety of hobbies like cooking and weaving, so we can always find concrete examples of concepts. I have had great success helping students understand and learn how to attack word problems and solve equations.

Calculus,
#### Calculus

Calculus was invented to tackle real problems, but too often it seems like a bunch of abstract stuff and weird procedures to memorize. I first studied Calculus at Columbia Heights High School, with a great teacher, Roger Sadlowsky. When we tackled a new concept, he made sure we knew what it was good for. I help Calculus students see the meaning of procedures, and keep it connected to real life applications.
Calculus is like an upside-down pyramid - new concepts are balanced on the scaffolding of previous concepts. I work with students to make sure they have a solid foundation, and see how new material builds on what they already know.

Chemistry,
#### Chemistry

I'm a chemical engineer, so I've applied chemistry to real world applications. I've also taught high school Chemistry. I can relate chemistry concepts to concrete examples like cooking. Because I also tutor in math, I know how to help students solve calculation problems in chemistry.
Choosing to work with a tutor in chemistry can be a very good decision. The concepts and information in chemistry build on each other's. It's good to make sure you understand the material from each unit so you can apply it to the next.

Physics,
#### Physics

Physics is a great subject for tutoring because it emphasizes problem solving. I can help you figure out how to set up and solve problems.
I have taught high school physics several times. My degrees are in chemical engineering, so I have also taken (and used) undergraduate and graduate physics courses.

Prealgebra,
#### Prealgebra

Prealgebra is sometimes when students lose ground in math. It's important to make sure that you understand the concepts, not just memorize procedures, because later math classes build on them.
When I work with a student one on one, we can discover what individual difficulties the student has with the material. Sometimes a student hasn't solidly grasped a concept that was covered earlier, so we need to back up and fix that before we can move on. This way we build a solid foundation for future work.
Many students need concrete or visual examples. I'm good at that! I've never met a word problem I couldn't draw a picture for. I can also help students who struggle with the complex reading level common in word problems.

Precalculus,
#### Precalculus

I have studied mathematics through applications of calculus and differential equations. I have experience tutoring students in Prealgebra through Calculus. I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, and I have experience with many concrete applications of math concepts.

Writing
#### Writing

I have taught a university level writing intensive course. I have several published articles, and I’ve assisted with editing journal articles for publication.

ACT Science,
#### ACT Science

I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, and I have taught high school Chemistry and Physics. I am very familiar with the content and skills necessary to succeed on the Science section of the ACT.

Chemical Engineering,
#### Chemical Engineering

I have a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have taught Polymer Science at the UW-Madison, Introduction to Chemical Engineering at the University of St. Thomas, and the Unit Operations Laboratory at the University of Minnesota.

Chemistry,
#### Chemistry

I'm a chemical engineer, so I've applied chemistry to real world applications. I've also taught high school Chemistry. I can relate chemistry concepts to concrete examples like cooking. Because I also tutor in math, I know how to help students solve calculation problems in chemistry.
Choosing to work with a tutor in chemistry can be a very good decision. The concepts and information in chemistry build on each other's. It's good to make sure you understand the material from each unit so you can apply it to the next.

Physical Science,
#### Physical Science

In Physical Science, students have to bring together a variety of skills. It requires thinking concretely about experiments, understanding abstract concepts that apply to them, learning technical vocabulary, and setting up and solving mathematical problems.
I taught Physical Science for a number of years, and I understand the ways that students struggle in the course. I'm good at finding concrete ways to demonstrate concepts. I work with students to help them learn how to set up and solve problems.
I'm a chemical engineer, so I know many real-world examples of how Physical Science is actually applied. I also draw examples from sports, driving, cooking, and other everyday activities. I love simple demonstrations, and often use them to illustrate concepts in action.

Physics
#### Physics

Physics is a great subject for tutoring because it emphasizes problem solving. I can help you figure out how to set up and solve problems.
I have taught high school physics several times. My degrees are in chemical engineering, so I have also taken (and used) undergraduate and graduate physics courses.

Cooking
#### Cooking

I know how to purchase and cook gluten-free food from scratch. I can help someone learn what to look for in the grocery store and how you can make dishes from scratch that are gluten-free but still real, tasty, and nutritious. I can help someone figure out if they can make their own favorites gluten-free. I have been cooking gluten-free for myself for a year after decades of cooking mainly from scratch for my family.
I also could help someone who wants to learn to cook from scratch for whatever reason- to save money, reduce salt, avoid allergens, etc. I know a lot about ingredients, because I've combined a love of cooking with a background in chemistry and 5 years of experience at a food company.
For example, in the last week I've made pesto, plum jam, vegetarian chili, spaghetti sauce, plum pudding, and roasted vegetables, all with produce from my own yard. All of those were gluten-free. I'll be making pancakes from scratch while camping this weekend. Next week I'll dehydrate apples from an orchard.

GED,
#### GED

I can help especially with the Math and Science sections of the GED test. I've taught and tutored math from prealgebra through calculus, and chemistry, physics, and physical science. I can help you learn how to tackle problems, decipher word problems, and analyze reading passages, charts, and graphs. I can relate concepts to real world applications and concrete examples. I've taught or tutored students from middle school through adults. I try to discover what the individual student needs, and I'll make sure you have a good grounding in basic concepts to build to more complex ones. I can also help with reading comprehension and understanding questions - skills that are needed for the Social Studies and Language Arts sections as well.

Writing,
#### Writing

I have taught a university level writing intensive course. I have several published articles, and I’ve assisted with editing journal articles for publication.

SAT Math
ACT English,
#### ACT English

I have helped students improve their ACT scores by working on fundamentals: content, reading comprehension, data analysis, and understanding the types of questions and answers that occur. I customize instruction to fit each student's strengths and weaknesses.

ACT Math,
#### ACT Math

I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, which means I have not only studied math through calculus, differential equations, and finite methods, but I also know how to apply it to solving real problems.
I have experience tutoring math students from elementary school through university, and I have taught a university Finite Math course.

ACT Science,
#### ACT Science

I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, and I have taught high school Chemistry and Physics. I am very familiar with the content and skills necessary to succeed on the Science section of the ACT.

GED,
#### GED

I can help especially with the Math and Science sections of the GED test. I've taught and tutored math from prealgebra through calculus, and chemistry, physics, and physical science. I can help you learn how to tackle problems, decipher word problems, and analyze reading passages, charts, and graphs. I can relate concepts to real world applications and concrete examples. I've taught or tutored students from middle school through adults. I try to discover what the individual student needs, and I'll make sure you have a good grounding in basic concepts to build to more complex ones. I can also help with reading comprehension and understanding questions - skills that are needed for the Social Studies and Language Arts sections as well.

MTLE,
#### MTLE

The MTLE is the set of teacher licensure exams in Minnesota. I am a MN licensed teacher. I have tutored students for the MTLE Math Basic skills test. I am also on the K12 Education Policy committee in the State House of Representatives. I authored a bill (which passed into law) to determine how to improve or revise the Basic Skills set of the MTLE. I am on the task force created by that law. I have researched the scope and testing conditions for the tests. I am interested tutoring students for the MTLE Basic Skills Math test, as well as the MTLE Content Area tests for Chemistry and Physics. I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, have completed coursework beyond what is required for those tests, and have Chemistry and Physics teaching licenses.

Praxis,
#### Praxis

I am a licensed teacher in the state of Minnesota for 9-12 Chemistry and Physics, as well as holding a PhD in Chemical Engineering. I have taken and passed the basic skills and subject-specific tests that were required for licensure. (Minnesota has since switched to a different testing system for licensure.) I have taught the content required for the Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science subject specific tests. I have taught and/or tutored the math content required for the basic skills math test. I have experience tutoring a number of elementary education majors in algebra while I was a tutor at the University of Minnesota, so I understand how to present math concepts to students majoring in non-technical fields.

ACT Reading,
GRE,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading
## Dayton tells me that he really enjoys Barbara, she's has a lot of patients and he likes the way she tutors.

Barbara has brought him up to date in his school work. He turned on all his work, and he feels good about his progress. He has informed me that he understands pre-algebra, and feels like he will be okay in algebra. However, he feels like he should have another 6 weeks with Barbara to feel more secure.

Karen, 5 lessons with Barbara

## Excellent tutor

Barbara helps my daughter with Algebra 1. She knows the material but more importantly she knows how to teach it, patiently and step-by-step. We are lucky to have found Barbara.

Seema, 7 lessons with Barbara

## Knowledgeable, patient , fun and professional all in one!

Barbara's experience shows. She tutors both my daughters and can adapt to each individuals style of learning. I have one daughter with high functioning autism and Barbara has a gift at getting the info across to her ! She is easy to relate to and the girls like seeing her . We will continue using her as my oldest is a sophomore and a lot of her classes junior and senior year Barbara is knowledgeable. We plan to start ACT tutoring with her too. I definitely would recommend her !

Jennelle, 17 lessons with Barbara

## Great tutor.

Barbara has helped my son a great deal with his Algebra 3 class. Thank you for everything you have done.

Tracy, 31 lessons with Barbara

## Rallied the night before the test

Barb put in a very long day to meet w/ my daughter the night before a test. She could've easily declined due to a hectic schedule but made time later in the evening. This meant a lot. Barb is very effective and very no-nonsense. We have had some tutor "drama" in the past and appreciate her professionalism. We are getting good results as well.

Shaila, 33 lessons with Barbara

## Takes the time

My 17 year old son has struggled with Algebra and math in general for some time. At first, he wasn't thrilled when I told him I'd hired a tutor, but now he enjoys his time with Barbara. He really appreciates that she takes the time to explain the problems and will do it several different ways if he doesn't understand. She's a no nonsense person who gets down to business and my son's words were, "I really like her a lot, she doesn't talk down to me or get frustrated with me if I don't get it." His face actually lights up when I ask him about math because he's finally starting to make some headway! Thanks Barbara!!

Connie, 6 lessons with Barbara

## Great tutor.

Barbara is a wonderful tutor. She helps you with understanding concepts, and by not doing the homework for you. She is very patient, and is very easy to reach. I would recommend her for physics especially. She is great to work with!

Ifrah, 12 lessons with Barbara

## Absolutely amazing!

I am a college student who desperately needed help in calculus based physics I & II. After contacting her, we were able to meet less than five miles away from my house to begin our tutoring session, this was very convenient! Barb was able to clearly and concisely present the material in a way that made complete sense. She would even bring in props to help me better understand the certain properties of physics. If you need help with physics...this is the tutor you want and need!

Caitlin, 17 lessons with Barbara

## Very good!

My daughter found Barbara very smart and helpful! Barbara helped her figure out that she really understood more in Algebra II than she thought she did. She got a very GOOD grade on the math test she took following her tutor session!! We will definitely use her again!

Brianne, 2 lessons with Barbara

## She did it!

I had a tough project that two other "excel experts" were not able to accomplish but Barb figured it out. She was professional, focused and determined. Thank you Barb!

Terri, 2 lessons with Barbara